Despite its often turbulent past, cultural and natural wonders abound in the Balkans and the region offers so much for the genuine traveller. At the crossroads of east and west, and with a history forged over the centuries and influenced by so many, there are a wealth of fascinating cultural sites and natural world marvels to discover during this exploration which includes Albania, Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition the coastal scenery is amongst the most beautiful Europe has to offer with mountains that sweep down to the sea covered in rich vegetation and islands that lace the coast creating endless inviting waterways perfect for small ship cruising. We will explore Medieval towns and cities, ancient castles, impressive monasteries and UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the marvellous town of Kotor and the unique old town of Dubrovnik. For natural world highlights we have included Mljet National Park, the majestic Krka Falls and the Neretva Wetlands.
We begin our journey with three nights in Albania during which we will learn of its intriguing history while based in the lively capital of Tirana. The centrepiece of our journey then follows, a nine night voyage aboard the delightful Princess Eleganza along the beautiful coastline between Kotor in Montenegro and the charming Croatian town of Opuzen. Along the way we will witness breathtaking natural beauty, an intense blue sea, amazingly picturesque islands and some stunning architecture. With the Princess Eleganza which accommodates just 36 guests, we are able to visit some marvellous places which do not cater for the big ships and an added advantage is that each night we will remain moored in the picturesque harbours affording the opportunity to take an after-dinner stroll and dine ashore on certain evenings.
Following on from our voyage, we will spend three nights in Croatia’s lesser-visited neighbour, Bosnia-Herzegovina, a truly fascinating country. Often overshadowed by its tumultuous past, it has emerged from its recent civil war reincarnated and offers the visitor a wealth of historical and cultural treasures, highlights of which will be the cities of Mostar and Sarajevo.
Whether it be the heady mix of Croatia’s islands and ports, sailing through beautiful scenery, the wealth of historic buildings or the intriguing history of the region, this unique area has so much to offer and our new itinerary will be appreciated by those who enjoy an informal style of cruising and an eclectic mix of places. We will be joined along the way by local experts who will add much to our understanding of the Balkan’s past and present.